Detroit Red Wings Alumni Hit The Field For Charity Softball Tournament

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Former Detroit Red Wing, Brian Smolinski (L) and actor Jeff Daniels listen to the game rules. (credit: wingseastmi.org)

Former Detroit Red Wing, Brian Smolinski (L) and actor Jeff Daniels listen to the game rules. (credit: wingseastmi.org)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting local charities, along with Joe Kocur and celebrity friends will host its 3rd Annual Charity Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 6, 2011, open to all community members.

The tournament will be held at Duck Lake Pines Park, located at 1241 N. Duck Lake Road in Highland (Click For Map). Gates open at 10:30 am, with participant and charity recognition beginning at 11:30 am. The opening ceremonies will feature Karen Newman singing the National Anthem and accompanied by the United States Color Guard.

The day will consist of three games that will feature Detroit Red Wings Alumni and Detroit area celebrities playing against law enforcement and fire fighters from Milford, Highland Township, White Lake and Oakland County.

Special alumni hockey guests include Joe Kocur, Dino Ciccarelli, Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Manny Legace, Eddie Mio, Wayne Presley, Brian Smolinski and Jason Woolley. Michigan native Steve Avery and notable Detroiter Dave Coulier (“Uncle Joey Gladstone” of Full House) will also be on hand.

All proceeds will benefit local children’s charities, such as: Camp Quality USA and Special Days Camp – both in honor of the late Kendal Lividini of Team Kendal Kidz, Whaley Children’s Center in honor of Justice for Dominick Calhoun Inc., Wings of Mercy East Michigan, Orchards Children’s Services and the Lakeland High School Public Service Scholarship for a student going into law enforcement or fire fighting – in honor of the late Shannon Gaber Silverthorn.

During the event, attendees can enjoy food and beverage provided by local businesses as well as entertainment by local celebrities. Raffle prizes will be awarded during the games, while attendees can also join in on the silent auction filled with fabulous items to bid on. Kids will also have their own baseball diamond filled with fun events and plenty of attractions.

Between games, you and your family can get an autograph from your favorite Red Wing or local celebrity.

Various viewing bleachers and tents will be set up along the path near all four diamonds for attendees to watch and cheer their favorite charity and local public services. But, you might want to bring lawn chairs as bleacher space is limited.

Tickets are $15.00 per person at the gate. Children under 10 are free, as are autographs. All tickets purchased will go into a drawing for raffle prizes that will be awarded throughout the day of the event.

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